The meme was similar to one that Trump retweeted in July, which featured Trump at a wrestling event smacking down a man with a CNN logo superimposed on his head.
A White House official told NBC News that the image was “inadvertently posted,” then deleted.
— Monica Alba (@albamonica) August 15, 2017
Trump on Monday called CNN’s Jim Acosta “fake news,” after the CNN correspondent pressed him on why the White House did not hold a press conference as had been announced last week.
Earlier in the day, Trump called out the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who took part in violent and deadly protests over the weekend in Charlottesville. Acosta asked Trump why he didn’t condemn the groups earlier, and Trump responded, “I did condemn. They have been condemned.”
On Saturday, Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when the driver of a car plowed through the crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville. The driver, James Alex Fields, 20, of Ohio, was charged with second degree murder.
Trump has frequently taken to Twitter to attack CNN and other outlets as “fake news,” and has from time to time retweeted supporters who also slam the news outlet.
CNN had no comment.
The network did respond to a report that it would not run a Trump campaign ad, as is, which featured images of its reporters and anchors and labeled them as “enemies.”
Michael Glassner, executive director of Trump’s re-election campaign, said in a statement that CNN was “censoring” Trump’s message.
“Today, CNN provided further proof that the network earns this mistrust every day by censoring President Trump’s message to the American people by blocking our paid campaign ad,” he said. “Clearly, the only viewpoint CNN allows on air is CNN’s.”
The network, however, said it would run the ad if the images were removed.
“Anchors and reporters don’t have ‘enemies,’ as the ad states, but they do hold those in power accountable across the political spectrum and aggressively challenge false and misleading statements and investigate wrong-doing,” the network said.
The network has accepted five pro-Trump advocacy ads since he took office, including an America First Policies ad that talked about the media trying to take down the president. It ran from June 23-30.